Actors Get Your Resume Together
So, you've gotten your headshots done and now you need a resume to
go on the back. But you have an important question. What should the
resume look like. How should it read.
on this example for what a resume should look like.
Basically here are the simple rules.
1. You should have your name, address, height, weight, eye color
and any of your union affiliation in the upper part of the resume.
This should be centered or, to the right if you are putting your
agent's logo on the resume.
Under that everything else should be left justified.
2. Start with your Film and television experience. You'll want to
have three columns here. The First is the name of the
production. Put this all in caps. The next column over will be what
part you played. If it's an unknown production, just put LEAD, or
SUPPORTING, in the column. Finally the last column will be the
production company that made the television program or film. If it's
a well known production company then list it. If it isn't just put
"Independent". Additionally, after the production company
if there's a Director that you feel like it would be important to
list then list him/her after the production company.
Next comes your Theater experience. Same drill as above with
regard to the name of the production, your part and the production
company. Only this time in that column - put the theater where it
played - instead of the production company.
Next will be your training. Here this will most likely be two
columns. And it its where you trained and the type of training that
it was and the coach and/or school.
Then, you'll put your special skills. Be sure that these
really are special skills. "Running" is not a special
skill. "fluent in French" is a special skill. But don't be
shy either. If you're a great swimmer - put that in.
That should really be it.
What if I don't have any credits?
This is another one of those catch-22's. How can I put together a
resume if I don't have any credits. This is where you need to be
creative - and really start to do work.
Obviously when you start out you won't have any Film and Television
credits - but you might have some community theater or even school
credits. Or, put on your own show - and invite people to it.
Audition for things. Take classes. This will start to build your
resume. Start by building credits of any kind. The whole idea here
is to work work work.
Finally, don't put your resume on fancy or colored paper. Simple
white paper, stapled in the corners to the back of your headshot is
just fine. Remember to size the paper with the size of your
headshot. Don't leave that 1/2 inch of paper dangling over your 8X10
picture. Trim the excess so that it's a nice neat package.